thought i had while i was watching SNL this weekend:
a couple of years back SNL caught some flack for not having enough minority cast members. i like that they responded to this by just hiring talented, funny, and awesome black cast members. SNL doesn't deserve a pat on the back for this or anything, because by hiring funny black people the show just got better. the reward isn't applause from the libs, the reward is you have a great cast now.
i'd like to see other minority groups represented, they've already poked fun at themselves for having zero asian cast members, hopefully that will be remedied soon.
furthermore, i'd also like to say in the 00's SNL had female comedic voices front and center, and the show hit a golden age because of it. fey, poehler, rudolph, wiig, dratch, i mean christ these people are comedic monsters. again, not giving them a pat on the back, just saying that when snl diversifies it gets really, really good.
As an aside, Chris Redd is already good on the show, but IMO we're going to see him grow significantly over the next few years. First, if you are an SNL fan and haven't seen Popstar, shame on you. But also good for you because now you get to watch it and see Redd's performance. Basically he was playing a hyped up version of Tyler the Creator and that character made me laugh harder than anything else in the movie.
Couple other new cast members I'd like to discuss: Mikey Day and Alex Moffat (the trump sons). I realized this past weekend that these guys are fucking pros. I don't think I've seen them break character or miss a beat once. Mikey is the anchor of any sketch he is in (go on pop that beanie back on) and Moffat just owns his characters (guy who just bought a boat).
I really felt like Day and Moffat were generic white dudes at first, but I agree that they're just really fucking good at what they do, sometimes to the point that it's almost boring.
Guy Who Just Bought a Boat is like watching a Satriani solo. So many wordplays and innuendos one after another. It's almost an exercise as much as it is a good bit. It's still usually funny, too. Don't get me wrong.
............Durper....... the sound bachelorettes make when they fall flat on their face drunk on Broadway and fifth and a pedal tavern runs over their ass. This place has everything. Bros in Georgia Florida Line T-shirts. Hookers that can sing like Kelly Clarkson. HAIM trying to play the drums. Jack White avoiding anyone in The Black Keys. Hipsters, Tripsters, and the Pope in a kimono.
Love everything besides Amy Schumer, but I'm sure she won't make the whole episode terrible. Still need to watch last weeks episode
Schumer was at her best when she was performing sketches written with a team of writers, namely on Inside Amy Schumer, so it could be a good episode.
but i'm significantly more excited for donald glover and tina fey. really really excited for donald glover actually. what are the chances he does stand up in the monologue? i wonder if he even has any material?
the monologue started out really great, the kitschy "what did you do for your audition" bit kind of lost me. The Friendos sketch was fucking great.
i agree the beck audition joke was one joke too many, felt extraneous and confusing. good monologue though, it was great to see glover immediately poking fun at himself, made me happy we didn't have an eddie murphy situation on our hands.
courtroom sketch - was a solid demonstration of glover's comedy chops. the writing was just fine, but glover elevated it from a fair to good sketch.
friendos - superb
80s music video - possibly the highlight of the show, i think glover might have made this an all-time classic sketch.
a kanye place - excellent, of course.
dirty talk - glad to see this one come back, it's perfect for Villasenor.
weekend update - solid, the "slavery was a choice" non-joke was the best joke. davidson's bit was good, still a lot of fun watching him develop.
lando's summit - nice take on the whiteness of the star wars universe.
barbie instagram - glover steals the spotlight again. SNL has had no qualms about pushing weird this season, which I love.
prison job - decent, not great
All in all a great ep, and the rare circumstance where the host really carried the show. Put a lesser comedic actor in Glover's shoes and this episode goes from great to OK.
Looking forward, I know Schumer isn't nearly as exciting as Glover, but I'm interested to see her return to sketch, which is where I liked her the most.